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September 26, 2007

EU Seminar on Peace Programme

DG Regional Policy and the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) have organised a workshop to be held at this year's Open Days.

The Workshop entitled EU Programmes for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Island and Ireland - lessons learnt and shared, takes place on October 10th in Brussels and will discuss the impact of the European Union's PEACE programmes, the role of the International Fund for Ireland in promoting peace, reconciliation and mediation, and experiences from the Western Balkans and the accession negotiations with Cyprus.

The European Union's Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE II) is a unique EU funding programme which has addressed many of the issues that have emerged form the conflict in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland.

The PEACE II Programme aims to 'reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promote reconciliation'. The Programme has funded 7,000 projects supported by EUR 994 million, which aim to help sectors, areas or groups, which have been hindered in their economic and social development by conflict. The programme in Northern Ireland and Ireland has developed a range of skills in mediation, conflict resolution and tackling community deprivation and isolation, and benefits from contact with projects in other countries.

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September 26, 2007

Approval of Ireland-Wales Programme 2007-2013

The European Commission has approved the cross-border cooperation programme between Ireland and Wales for the period 2007-2013.

The programme forms part of the European Territorial Cooperation Objective of the Structural Funds and has a total budget of EUR 70 million for 2007-2013, which includes EUR 53 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme has two main priorities: 1. Knowledge, Innovation and Skills for Growth, and 2. Climate Change and Sustainable Regeneration. The main objective is to develop the cross-border region through an integrated approach to economic, environmental, social and technological issues, and to contribute to the improvement of its competitiveness and sustainable development. Areas eligible for support under the programme include the regions of Dublin, the Mid-East and the South-East in Ireland and the Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire and South West Wales in the UK. The South-West region in Ireland and Swansea, Flintshire and Wrexham in Wales can also take part in the programme as adjacent areas, which can receive a maximum of 10% funding.

This is the third in a consecutive series of cross-border cooperation programmes between Ireland and Wales and the intention is to further develop links created in previous programming periods. The Managing Authority and Joint Technical Secretariat for the new programme is the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly, Waterford, Ireland - contact: Mr Simon Baily, e-mail: sbaily@seregassembly.ie. Further details at: www.seregassembly.ie

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September 21, 2007

Creative City Region Conference

"Creative City Region" is the title of this one day conference being hosted on 18 October 2007 by Dublin Regional Authority.

The aim of the conference is to promote awareness in the Dublin City Region of the concept of creative cities, the factors shaping creative cities and international developments in creative city regions. It also aims to identify initiatives which can be taken at national and at Dublin level to ensure that Dublin is a leading player in the global creative economy and society in the future. Details at: www.dublinpact.ie or email: vcraigie@eircom.net

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September 21, 2007

European Mediation Conference

The European Mediation Conference 2008, "Building Relationships and Getting Results", jointly hosted by Mediation Northern Ireland and the Scottish Mediation Network, takes place on the 10-12 April and will coincide with the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

The conference aims to advance mediation in the service of social and economic progress in a changing Europe. Key objectives include: raising the awareness of mediation among policy makers; exploring developments in the practice of mediation; and strengthening relationships in the European mediation field. Further details at: http://www.mediationnorthernireland.org

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September 19, 2007

Mobility Week Gets Underway

More than 1,500 cities across the EU will take part in the sixth edition of the annual European Mobility Week, which takes place from 17 to 23 September.

The theme for this years event is Streets For People, which aims to prove that reclaiming road space for pedestrians and cyclists can serve to cut congestion and pollution without reducing people's mobility. As part of its activities to combat climate change, boost economic growth and improve European citizens quality of life, the Commission is emphasising the promotion of more sustainable modes of transport, especially in Europe's bustling metropolitan areas, home to 80% of the European population and where around 75% of journeys are made by car.

The message being conveyed is that increasing road space for cars is not the answer to existing transport challenges and that reallocating road space to non-motorised traffic can represent a sustainable, efficient solution and also allows healthier lifestyles for all citizens without reducing individual mobility. A whole host of activities and campaigns aimed at raising citizens awareness of the problems related to mobility, including road safety, congestion, pollution and accessibility are planned, with, as usual, the highlight being International Car Free day on the Sunday. Further details at: http://www.euractiv.com/en/transport/mobility-week-eu-eyes-road-space-cars/article-166750

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September 17, 2007

Launch of EU Budget Review

On September 12, the European Commission formally opened a review of the EU’s 20 year old budget rules with the launch of a consultation document on the future of the EU finances.

Adoption of the consultation paper, entitled Reforming the Budget, Changing Europe, marks a first public step in the process of the reform of all aspects of EU spending and resources, as agreed in May 2006 by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.

In the paper, the Commission lists the new priorities to be concentrated on in the future: scientific and technological progress, Europe’s aging population, social and economic gaps between regions, climate change, energy, migration, security and foreign policy. The Commission also highlights the problem of the EU's own resources and correction mechanisms, touching on two political hot potatoes: a possible EU tax and the UK's annual rebate from the EU budget, and suggests reform of outdated budgetary tools, such as the CAP, which still accounts for more than 40% of the EU’s €100 billion annual budget.

The consultation is open to all interested parties at local, regional, national and European levels interested in shaping the Commission’s work on the Budget Review. The consultation will run until 15 April 2008. In spring 2008 there will be a political conference organised in association with the European Parliament with an initial analysis of the results of the public debate. Based on that, in the end 2008/begining 2009 the Commission will present the Budget Review. Further details at: http://ec.europa.eu/budget/reform/index_en.htm

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September 15, 2007

Sustainable Energy Awards

The European Commission is now inviting entries for the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards, which aims to promote, showcase and reward outstanding projects and programmes in the field of sustainable energy and energy efficiency.

The competition is open to bodies active in the field of sustainable energy innovation. The deadline for entries is 19 October 2007. Further details at: www.sustenergy.org/tpl/page.cfm?pageName=award_competition

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September 08, 2007

Approval of New Northern Periphery Programme

The Operational Programme for the new Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013 is expected to be approved in September 2007.

The new programme focuses specifically on challenges associated with northern, peripheral regions such as sparse population and rurality, and prioritises action in the areas of innovation, the environment, accessibility and rural-urban links.

For the period 2007-2013 Ireland benefits from an expansion of the programme area, which now includes counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry. The first call for project applications should take place in early October 2007, with a closing date of 31 October 2007.

An open call for preparatory projects has already been launched and the preparatory project application form is available on the website below. Preparatory project applications can be submitted at any time and expenditure will become eligible from the date of submission. Further details at: http://www.northernperiphery.net/2007/how-to-apply-g.asp

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September 03, 2007

First call under Interreg North West Europe 2007-2013

The first call for proposals under the new Interreg North West Europe (NWE) is expected to be published on 17 September 2007.

A wide range of organisations throughout Ireland including public administrations; local and regional authorities; development agencies; NGOs; Higher Educational Institutes and research centres; and representative bodies may take part in cooperative NWE project partnerships built around relevant themes. The involvement of wider society and the private sector as part of project implementation is also encouraged.

A total of EUR 353 million in ERDF support is available to successful applications – making this the biggest programme of its kind. 50% of total approved project costs will be provided by the ERDF: interested organisations will be expected to provide the other half (cash, staff costs, overheads etc. can be used).

In considering involvement in NWE either now or at a later stage, applicants are recommended to submit a draft version of any emerging ideas online as soon as possible. This doesn’t commit them to anything but will register initial interest and help the programme to eventually shape a better application and locate partners. An online list of those who’ve already registered a draft idea is also available which may allow links to be formed towards a joint application.

The relevant contact addresses for the new programme are:

Main programme document: http://www.nweurope.org/upload/documents/programme/2473.1mthdraftOP_July2mm7.pdf

Draft guidance notes as well as the draft Application Form: http://www.nweurope.org/page/document.php?id=1769

Form to submit a draft version of an idea online: http://www.nweurope.org/page/newProject.php?p=1757

Current projects registered: http://www.nweurope.org/page/newProjectIdea_details.php?p=1755&id=47

For those with serious aspirations for the first call, an information day for UK & Ireland takes place in London on Friday 14th September. This will provide in-depth information on programme rules and offer project surgeries to fine-tune ideas. As places are limited please register online at: http://www.nweurope.org/page/document.php?id=1771 (after logging a draft idea online first). A national Interreg Event (for all 6 programmes) will also take place in Dublin on 23 October 2007.

Calls for proposals are due to be launched at 6-8 month intervals until 2010 approximately. Further details from: Ronan Gingles, Interreg NWE in Ireland, Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly, Assembly House, O'Connell St., Waterford, Ireland, tel: +353 51 860711, e-mail: rgingles@seregassembly.ie

Posted by iroadmin at September 3, 2007 09:25 AM